Third Paris attacker was turned down by French army recruiters

Foued Mohamed-Aggad, one of three young men who shot dead 90 people at a Paris concert hall a month ago, was turned down by the French army before Islamic State took him on to fight for them.
Third Paris attacker was turned down by French army recruiters

Army recruiters in Strasbourg decided after conducting physical and psychological tests, that he was not a suitable candidate to bear arms as a French soldier.

Mohamed-Aggad’s identity was only established this week because of a text message his mother Fatima received. The text came from his wife, Hadjira, in Syria. It told the mother of four that her younger son had died “with his brothers” on the night of the attacks. Fearing the worst, and with her elder son already in prison suspected of terrorism links, the Moroccan-born woman went to the family’s lawyer.

DNA matching followed, and the profile of yet another radicalised young man, from another part of France, emerged, joining other homegrown French and Belgian jihadis identified as the killers of 130 victims in Paris. Mohamed-Aggad set off for Syria in 2013 from the north-eastern city of Wissembourg.

An official from Strasbourg’s army recruitment office confirmed that Mohamed-Aggad had tried and failed to join up in 2010.

“We have filters. We look at personality and do physical and psychological tests,” said an army spokeswoman.

“In this case we identified him as not suitable .”

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